Monday 14 March 2011 

Ireland Captain Porterfield Handed Reprimand

Ireland Captain Porterfield Handed Reprimand
Ireland Captain Porterfield Handed Reprimand
© REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET) Picture Supplied by Action Images

Ireland captain William Porterfield has been given a reprimand by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following comments he made in the wake of his side's 44-run defeat to the West Indies.

After Gary Wilson was given out leg before by third umpire Asoka de Silva, Porterfield expressed his unhappiness with the decision - which came at a crucial time in the ICC Cricket World Cup Group B encounter.

He subsequently pleaded guilty to the charge, which related to 'public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to, an incident occuring in an international match or any player, player support perssonel or match official'.

"Although it may not be unusual for a captain to feel aggrieved or frustrated by what he feels is a rough decision, it does not give him any right to criticise the umpire as William did," match referee Roshan Mahanama said.

"The umpire’s decision is final and it is a long-standing pillar of our game that the match officials should receive absolute respect for their decisions. In giving my verdict, I took into account that this was William’s first such offence."

© Cricket World 2011

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